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The Mind-Blowing Mathematics of Sunflowers [Video]


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Why do the number of spirals in a sunflower match up with the integers 34, 55, 89 and 144—numbers found in the famous Fibonacci sequence? Scientific American editor John Matson explains in our latest Instant Egghead video:

More to explore:

What Is the Fibonacci Sequence?

Turing’s Sunflowers


Video credits:

Written & presented by John Matson
Motion design by Joss Fong
Produced & edited by Eric R. Olson

About the Author: Eric is the resident video producer and an associate editor at Scientific American. He graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in biochemistry and New York University with an M.A. in science journalism. His work has also appeared on the websites of Nature, Nature Medicine, Popular Science and The New York Times among many others. Follow on Twitter @EricROlson.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.





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  1. 1. Spironis 1:39 pm 01/22/2014

    Nature educates us how to design an efficient shower head, efficiently plant a forest, efficiently plan urban development. all versus available area. We ignore the really good stuff.

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